Mixed-up Days

"Then comes a Mixed-Up Day. And WHAM! I don't know who or what I am! But it all turns out all right, you see. And I go back to being...me." Dr. Seuss, My Many Colored Days

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seekelslearn asked: Hi! Where did you get your pencil cups and cup holders? I reblogged it awhile back, but I forgot to ask for the brand! Love them.

I found them at Office Max! I actually found only two at one location and had them call around to other locations so I could get enough for all of my tables. And I can say now after two weeks of school that I LOVE them. Last year I had the students keep their scissors, glue sticks, and pencils in a central tote for each table, and there were constant fights over everything. And it was always tough for students at the end of the table to reach the tote. With the cups, kids can grab their own cup and keep it close while it’s needed. And they think the little cups are cool, which helps. I’m thinking I might go back to Office Max and see if there are any more left, to store against future need!

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I got tired of my school-issued, same-as-everyone-else’s stapler being stolen. (“Oh, is this yours? Ha ha ha, they all look the same so I thought it was mine!”)

Look at my new stapler. It is GOLD. Sooooo shiny! Nobody can ever claim now that they “thought it was theirs”!

Now I want to staple ALL the things!

I got tired of my school-issued, same-as-everyone-else’s stapler being stolen. (“Oh, is this yours? Ha ha ha, they all look the same so I thought it was mine!”)

Look at my new stapler. It is GOLD. Sooooo shiny! Nobody can ever claim now that they “thought it was theirs”!

Now I want to staple ALL the things!

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Time to PANIC

Over the summer, school computer files were moved to new servers and ALL OF “MY DOCUMENTS” ARE GONE. All of them. Gone. 14 years of documents. GONE. Not only that, but I can no longer even SAVE any NEW documents. Because the entire file is GONE.

They are working on it. I am told that my documents still exist, I just can’t access them, and I dearly hope that’s the case. I’m trying not to tear my hair out…school starts Wednesday and if nothing else, I have got to have my “first day of school” newsletter to send home. I’d really, really rather not have to try and recreate it.

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It’s our first day back, for meetings and the open house tonight. The kids arrive a week from today. I have to admit that I’m not as enthusiastic and excited as usual, as I’ve had a terrible summer. But finding these pencil cup holders gave me my first bit of glee in a long while! Aren’t they awesome? Now students have a place to keep their own scissors, a glue stick, and of course a few pencils. They can carry the cups away or reach them from where they sit, too. I added number tags to each that correspond to each seat’s number. The holder parts did have handles but they fell off if you looked at them too hard, so I decided to just remove them now.

I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this works out as well as I hope it does!

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I’ve been visiting my parents (I’m SO behind on Tumblr, I don’t think I can even try to catch up at this point). Above are pictures of corals and creatures in my dad’s saltwater aquarium!

Back to real life, now. I have two professional development classes this week, and I want to work out how to incorporate the idea of a “genius hour” into a first grade classroom. I love the concept, but I’m not sure how it works with primary students.